Oleksandr Usyk picked up the biggest win of his career as he mangled and battered faded former Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck over the course of ten rounds, retaining his WBO Cruiserweight title and advancing to the next round of the World Boxing Super Series. From the beginning, Usyk broke Huck down behind a consistent work rate and hard body shots that tested the resolve of the veteran, and it was apparent that it would be only a matter of time before he stopped him.
Though Huck didn’t exactly keel over and surrender, there was no moment in the fight where he looked in control or remotely comfortable against the younger, stronger champion. In fact, the best punch of the fight from Huck came in a series of fouls in the eighth round when it was looking like he was too far gone to mount a serious comeback. Two rounds later, referee Robert Byrd had enough and saved Huck from further punishment, ending the fight in the tenth and hopefully ending Huck’s career in the process.
Usyk will progress in the fantastic tournament to crown the best Cruiserweight in the world, having to next face the winner of Mairis Bredis vs. Mike Perez when they come to blows next month; a fight sure to be much more challenging than the faded Huck.
With the win, Usyk moves to 13-0 and is looking very strong to start the tournament. Huck falls to 40-5, having lost three of his last five in brutal fashion.